According to new research by the National Institutes of Health, good hydration can lead to a lower risk of heart failure.
The study was conducted over a 25-year period and included more than 11,000 adults ages 45 to 66 and examined the hydration levels of the participants. By looking at the serum sodium levels in a person’s blood, which increases as his or her fluid levels decrease, researchers were able to identify the risk of developing heart failure in the participants’ lifetime.
The results of the research found that people with serum sodium levels on the high end of the normal range, or above 143 mmol/L, had a 39 percent increased risk of developing heart failure in their lifetime.
The research, which was published in European Heart Journal, adds yet another point to the long list of hydration benefits in adults. These benefits include increases in energy levels, physical performance and brain function, weight loss management, body temperature regulation and more.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, almost six million Americans have heart failure, and more than 870,000 are diagnosed with heart failure each year. It is more common among adults age 65 and older. Aside from good hydration, other ways to reduce the risk of heart failure include maintaining a healthy weight, eating heart-healthy foods, exercising regularly, not drinking alcohol and not using drugs.
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